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Wednesday, 4 April, 2001, 22:47 GMT 23:47 UK
DR Congo government dismissed

The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, has dismissed the entire Congolese government.

A spokesman for Mr Kabila said ministers would stay in their jobs until a new government was formed, but would be prevented from leaving the capital, Kinshasa.

An audit of all government affairs will be carried out in the meantime and ministers will have to prove their innocence of any wrongdoing committed since President Kabila came to power.

Joseph Kabila took over the presidency in January, following the assassination of his father, Laurent Kabila.

Joseph Kabila is due to arrive in Germany on Thursday later today as part of a campaign to gain international support. Our correspondent in Kinshasa says Mr Kabila is anxious to convince the international community, and his audience at home, that Congo is ready for change.

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